As we are not yet allowed to do the physical sailing, like some others in the club the Y&J's are also Virtually sailing. Last week was the first time and even if you are not an experienced helm try your hand at this. Many use computer games etc to pass the time of day. Try your luck against other members of the club.
Wednesday evenings at 6pm till approximately 7:00pm
Maidenhead due to its excellent active membership and committee has been organising Virtual racing on Thursdays and Sundays with the ultimate goal of representing Maidenhead at the regional RYA championships.
We have run a 21 race series and the top 20 will Compete on Saturday night 8.00 pm in a 5 race series (3 to count) shoot out to find out who will represent the club.
Runners and riders. Top 10
Sam Walton (topper 009) 4 race wins. Winner of race series and very consistent throughout, has the ability to fight back from difficult positions, youth on his side and nimble fingers hopefully the pressure will not get to him. Odds 9/4
Adam Meekings (Adam 14) 5 race wins. Competitive and focussed with a good solid race series behind him, as at Maidenhead when sailing his Laser can switch off at times which can cost him, don’t rule him out though . Odds 7/2
Ian Stone (Stonesy) Quiet and polite but deadly on the race course, Ian due to work commitments could only race on Sundays but won 6 of his 9 races that he competed in. The big money is on him short odds though. Odds Evens.
Gary Bullock (Mutley) 1 race win. Short but not short of confidence he believes he can win this but very unlikely always an excuse and never his fault, will be an unpopular winner if he does. Odds 5/1
Tom Knight (TomK) 0 race wins. Always top 5 but feel this won’t be enough come Saturday night. At 17 I’m sure he has other things on his mind. Try to focus Tom for just 30 minutes and you will never know. Odds 5/1
Sammy Isaac Johnson (Sammyblueij) Full time professional sailor started the series well but has gone off the boil. Too many penalties on the race course due to pushing the rules as normal. Outside chance though Odds 11/2
Whilst we are not in a position to sail due to lockdown the RYA have released dates for these.
It is intended for newbies, club racers, experienced helms and those of you who suffer from rule blindness of all kinds.
The first one is on the 29th (Wednesday) at 8:00pm and will be weekly. This is a free course and details can be found on the RYA website or by just clicking HERE.
As no doubt you are aware we are still in lockdown, both as a nation and as a club. But the club has still been operating, anyway in the virtual world.
The Bar opens on a Wednesday evening at 7:00pm via Zoom. If you have never tried it, try log in on using this link, but don't forget to bring your own drink!
While we are not able to get on the water we are still tying to operate normally, well almost.
Instead of going to the bar for a drink how about bringing the bar to your home. Pour yourself your favourite drink, log on via Zoom ( https://zoom.us/j/6089191548?pwd=a1JvQ0V6OHdvSVIzUmE2NU1WVUxKdz09 )and have a chat. The bar will be open from 7:00pm till 7:40. May we suggest that if you have not used Zoom, try a little earlier to get set up and see what it is all about.
To try VR sailing click here . You will need to login and get set up so try early and have a play first...….
While we all miss real sailing so much, why not enjoying Virtual Sailing and race each other every week on the screen? The RYA has enabled 1 year VIP access for clubs in the videogame Virtual Regatta, and we will be running races every Thursday evening and Sunday at 8pm.
The game is actually quite fun and free to play. You can create an user and start playing right away. Just access to this url below, and you can either play from your browser in a computer, or download the app on your phone. https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ You can start playing now and enjoying Virtual Sailing at your leisure at home :)
We are looking at Custom Races for Maidenhead Sailing Club members only every Thursday evening at 8pm. If you are interested in participating on our Virtual Regatta Racing Series: